"Taranath’s sarod pulls
heart strings... - Express, New Delhi
“luminous” — The Los Angeles Times
“profound musical skills” — Sydney Morning Herald
“a thrilling presentation” — The Daily, Bombay
Internationally acclaimed performer, Rajeev Taranath
is today one of the leading exponents of the sarod. His performances masterfully
combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani classical music
with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity.
A distinguished disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Rajeev Taranath was
first trained as a child in Hindustani vocal music by his father and other
eminent musicians and was a concert and radio artist before he was twenty.
Rajeev has toured extensively as a performer in India, Australia, Europe,
Yemen and throughout the U.S. He is the recipient of the Indian Government’s
highest award in the arts, the Sangeet Natak Academi Award for 1999-2000,
given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Hindustani
Instrumental music. In 1998 he received the prestigious national Award,
“Chowdiah Award for Music” from the Government of Karnataka in India for
excellence in the field of instrumental music. He has also received awards
from the Indian State Government of Karnataka for his contribution to
music, - the Sangeet Nritya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Karnataka Rajya
Prashasti in 1996.
In 1980 he was the subject of a documentary made for the television in
Eden, Yemen, entitled Finnan Min-Al-Hind (Artist from India). He has also
composed music for several nationally and internationally honored Indian
Rajeev Taranath’s distinctive musicianship demonstrates striking imaginative
power, technical excellence and emotional range. He is respected for the
clarity of musical understanding which he brings to the unfolding of a
raga and the beauty of the tone he evokes from the sarod.
The New York Times (April 14, 1982) described his music by commenting
with great enthusiasm about the exuberance and versatility of his playing,
which ranged from the “spiritual to the spirited”.
Rajeev was a Ford Foundation scholar (1989 to 1992) and researched during
this period on the Teaching Techniques of the Maihar-Allauddin Gharana.
Rajeev has also received guidance from Pandit Ravi Shankar and Shrimati
He is currently a faculty member in the Indian music department at the
California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California and divides
his time between teaching and performing.
"As I made my journey for the "Maneangaladalli Maathukathe"
programme, featuring Dr Rajeev Taranath, the recent memories of his Ramdasi-Malhar,
a rarely heard monsoon raga was still lingering in my mind. That rainy
evening, the sarod sounded like a stream in the misty mountains.",
Account of a musical journey, Deccan Herald, Spectrum Complete
"A subtle and versatile mind was in evidence as Pt. Rajiv Taranath
played the sarod.", The Hindu Complete